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£360k of community funds available

Nearly £360,000 of capital funding is available for community projects in eight of Solihull’s wards and Solihull Council is urging community groups and organisations in those areas to submit bids.

This table details the amount of funding available for each ward:

Neighbourhood Area

Amount Available

Dorridge and Hockley Heath






Shirley East


Shirley South


Shirley West




St Alphege


Bids for funds must be submitted by 1st September 2020.

This funding comes from the new Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that has been collected in 2019/20, plus £128,044 which has been ‘rolled over’ from 2019.  CIL was introduced by the Government in 2010 as a more flexible way of addressing the demands of new development in the local area.

The money is collected from new developments as part of the normal planning process. The funds are either placed into ‘ward pots’, which will now be open to ‘bids’ from local communities or distributed directly to the 13 parish and town councils in the borough via a formula – more information here.

Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Member for Stronger & Safer Communities, said:
“In these unprecedented times I am glad to announce these substantial amounts of funding available for eight  of our wards. I know our community groups are busy supporting their local communities during this pandemic, but here is a chance to think of the future and put forward bids for capital projects that will improve their ward for years to come.

“I urge community groups in the eight wards to think about the bids they can submit and to get them in before 1st September 2020.  And for those living in one of our parish or town council areas, the CIL funds are distributed to directly those organisations, so if you have an idea contact your local parish or town council.”

Further information follow the link to the Council website here


  1. To be considered groups and organisations must be formally constituted; have a bank account with two unrelated signatories; at least two unrelated management committee members if they are an unincorporated organisation or a voluntary group and show good financial management procedures including records of income and expenditure.

    Bids will be assessed by officers against a set of criteria agreed at Cabinet held on 30 January 2019 and a final decision will be taken by the Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities.

  2. In 2019 we had a total of £204,029 available, of which, we allocated £75,985 to community groups. The projects that were funded last year included:
  • Dorridge Village Hall Association - Extension to Dorridge Village Hall (£20,000)
  • Knowle Village Hall - Installation of emergency exits throughout the building (£8,200)
  • Olton Library (SMBC) - Olton Library improvements (£18,363)
  • Palmers Rough (SMBC) - Health and well-being and outdoor gym equipment (£7,500)
  • Light Hall Youth and Community Association Trust - Replace worn and damaged tables (£8,092)
  • Friends of Shirley Park - 9 picnic benches (£7,830)
  • Haslucks Green Junior School - Replacement windows for music/SOLAR room (£6,000) 

£128,044 has ‘rolled over’ and has been added to the funds collected over the 2019/20 financial year.

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